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San Domenico House
Ranked #499 of 1,080 Hotels in London
Certificate of Excellence
Toronto
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3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Home in Chelsea”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 7, 2014

What a pleasant surprise. As others have noted, if Chelsea is where you want to be located, you cannot beat this incredibly warm, generously proportioned hotel that feels more like a home.
Treat yourself!

Room Tip: Chose a King size suite. There's a lot of space.
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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank 3Torontotravellers
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Royal Tunbridge Wells, United Kingdom
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42 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 25, 2014

In comparison to major 5 star hotels this is lacking in certain modern facilities such as aircon high,speed lifts,duvets,power showers etc

It is convenient to Sloane Square with reasonable on street parking within 100 yards.The atmosphere is of a smart Chelsea Townhouse,although the check in process was unnecessarily laborious and pretentious.

However,as romantic settings go this has lovely intimate small suites,a roof terrace overlooking Chelsea rooftops and charming if small public rooms but with only 17 suites this was not a problem.

Overall at about £300 per night on offer this seemed fairly priced with decent if not spectacular standards of service etc.

For a private intimate night away it is much to be recommended but would be a little bit lacking for busy business people.

Room Tip: Ask for a 4 poster balcony suite - you will not be disappointed.
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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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4 Thank SimonH-Kendall
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Coronado, California
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234 reviews
31 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 25, 2014

We had reason to stay in this part of London for a visit with long-time friends from the states. It lived up to its reputation as a very stylish, small and quiet place to stay. The staff were friendly and welcoming. Breakfast was excellent. We were only here one night, but had absolutely no complaints and would recommend it to any one who might have to stay in London for a longer period of time.

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank PeterandJinx
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Kingston upon Thames, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 18, 2014

There are a number of reasons I chose this lovely old world hotel to celebrate my husband's 60th birthday: its location in the centre of Chelsea (in walking distance to both Sloan Sqare and South Kensignton underground stations) as well as to Tom Kitchen for breakfast;
its beautifully decrated and ususually spacious rooms (judging from the pictures on their homesite);
the fact that we would be allowed to smoke on the balcony adjacent to our room;
and their very friendly staff (I had severeal telephone conversations) with the reception staff before I booked.
And indeed we were not disappointed:
all staff (Italian and Spanish) were extremely welcoming, helpful and could not do enough to assist us in any way.
Our room (131) was both grande and cosy, in fact spectacular - we will definitely come back for a special luxurious treat on the next big occasion.
I have already recommended this hotel to a colleague at work!

Room Tip: Room 131 faces Draycott Square, so it is not particulary quiet (and there was construction work goin...
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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank anne r
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channel islands
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9 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 14, 2014 via mobile

Wonderful stay in a great location. The views from the foor top was amazing. Helpful staff and friendly staff. Large room size especially for centre London. A small hotel good if you prefer service and style to modern large hotel.

Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
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Madrid, España
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24 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 12, 2014

London is expensive, very expensive, and it is more expensive even to stay at districts such as Chelsea, South Kensignton or Notting Hill. San Domenico House is not cheap by some European standards, but we have to put it in the perspective of where it is located and the offer you get from other accomodations in London and specially in this area.

San Domenico House is a rather small boutique hotel located in Draycott Place St., a small street parallel to the fantastic shopping street of King's Road, very close to Sloane Square and to Victoria Railway Station (almost walking distance). If you travel to Gatwick Airport, you can use the Gatwick Express train to get there in a reasonable time for a good price.

The hotel itself is located in front of the Spanish Consulate (as a Spaniard myself, that is a relief in case of trouble). But insignificant details apart, the street is usually very calm despite its closeness to King's Road.

The two rooms I've been two (a Junior Suite and a Deluxe Room) are fantastic. Usually London's hotels (including 5 stars hotels) sport very small rooms that are torn by time. Although the hotel and the furniture might look ancient, it is in the good way, ancient in the sense of antique, and well equiped, clean and with big rooms (very big indeed for British standards).

The bathrooms are not really big but are very confortable. Water pressure must improve, but water temperature was perfect, even when the hotel was full.

Beds and pillows are very confortable. I only had king size beds in my two stays, the matress was extraordinary and so were the sheets.

Mostly all expected amenities were available, ranging from complimentary water bottles, all stuff you might need in a bathroom (except for shaving) including hairdryer and showercaps, and so on. Not only it is well equipped, but the quality was very good as well.

It is quite improvable the WiFi reception. Depending on the device you use, you might have some trouble in most areas of the hotel. Good to say is that the WiFi was complimentary, with no added charges.

It has a limited room service throughout the whole day. The last night of our second stay we ordered something to eat and (despite being a bit steep in price) the food was excellent. The food offer is limited though. However the Hotel does not have a restaurant itself, although it does have a dining room for breakfasts, magnificently decorated.

The breakfast is in general quite good. It has no buffet but instead an "a la carte" breakfast. It has some areas to improve, including the lack of a wider offer, but you may have here either a varied English breakfast with good produce or the more classical Continental breakfast.

Last but not least, the personnel were extremely friendly. They are a bit like a family like customer service, but with all the care of a 5 star hotel.

Undoubtfully an alternative to (usually) more expensive 5 stars hotels around the area.

Room Tip: Deluxe Rooms are more than enough, since Suites although bigger offer little more. Stay in the upper...
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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank guilly18
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Italy
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20 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 6, 2014

Not an usual hotel.
If you have seen already a lot of places in London and you would like to stay like a Londoner please stay at this hotel.
Best location, good service, nice rooms and a good rate.
It will be like stay at home.

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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6 Thank marioworld
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Additional Information about San Domenico House

Property: San Domenico House
Address: 29-31 Draycott Place, London SW3 2SH, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > London > Chelsea
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#155 Business Hotel in London
#183 Romantic Hotel in London
#320 Luxury Hotel in London
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:5 star — San Domenico House 5*
Number of rooms: 17
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Intimate Hotel housed in a red brick Victorian terrace dating from the 1860s. ... more   less 
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